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Mens Rea Podcast


Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. ...Show More

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Episode 6 – The Kerry Babies

47:20 | Aug 6th, 2017

In the year 1984, Ireland was a very different place. Contraception, Abortion and Divorce were illegal. The country was dogged by religious conservatism and was facing into a terrible recession. Amidst this, the body of a baby boy was found on a beac...Show More

Episode 33 - Robert Holohan

1:13:17 | Jan 20th

On the afternoon of the 6th January, 2005 Robert Holohan rode his brand new silver BMX bike down his drive and out onto the roads of Ballyedmond, a townland north of Midleton in rural East Cork. When Robert didn't return home that evening, and had ...Show More

Episode 32 - Ron Williamson (Part Two)

54:55 | Jan 6th

The small town of Ada Oklahoma was rocked in the early 80s by two unrelated murders of young women in the town. But by the mid 90s, that would change. The town would come under scrutiny for miscarriages of justice, where two and possibly more men wer...Show More

Episode 32 - Ron Williamson (Part One)

46:07 | Jan 6th

The small town of Ada Oklahoma was rocked in the early 80s by two unrelated murders of young women in the town. But by the mid 90s, that would change. The town would come under scrutiny for miscarriages of justice, where two and possibly more men wer...Show More

Bonus - The Hawe Family

25:39 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Happy Holidays! As a special bonus and thank you, this patreon-exclusive episode is now out for everyone to listen to. Thank you for sticking with me through 2018, and wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous New Year! In this episode, we t...Show More

Episode 31 -Sharon Collins: Lying Eyes

1:10:11 | Dec 23rd, 2018

In 2006, Sharon Collins decided that what she had wasn’t enough. She was a divorced mother of two, living with a long term partner, PJ Howard, who also had two sons. He also owned a multi-million euro property business, which he wanted to pass to his...Show More

Episode 30 - Thomas Murray and life sentences

41:51 | Dec 9th, 2018

The small town of Ballygar was shocked when 73 year old bachelor farmer William Mannion was found stabbed to death on his kitchen floor. A local youth was responsible. He was brought to trial, found guilty and received the mandatory life sentence. Ho...Show More

Episode 29 - Murder on Ireland's Eye

51:00 | Nov 25th, 2018

In 1852, Sarah Maria Louisa Kirwan was found dead at the Long Hole on Ireland's Eye as the tide receded. Her husband, William, had been painting a sunset scene of the Dublin Mountains and told the boatmen who returned to get them from the craggy isla...Show More

Episode 28 - Archibald Hall (Part Two)

56:56 | Nov 11th, 2018

In the final episode on the life and crimes of Archibald (Roy) Hall, we chart his activities over the final months of 1977 and into 1978. He had gone from butler and thief to murderer, when he turned against his lover and ex con David Wright. But tha...Show More

Episode 28 - Archibald Hall (Part One)

53:42 | Nov 11th, 2018

In the first of a two part series, we take a look back on the life and crimes of Archibald Thompson Hall, aka Roy Hall, aka Roy Fontaine, the monster butler. Roy was born to a working class family in Glasgow, and from an early age wanted to live an e...Show More

Episode 27 - Fiona Donnison and mothers who murder

37:02 | Oct 28th, 2018

On the morning of Wednesday, 27th January 2010, 45 year old mother of four Fiona Donnison walked into a police station in Heathfield, East Sussex. She was distressed, had what appeared to be self inflicted wounds and was making little sense. But then...Show More

Episode 26 - Catherine Cooper

51:07 | Oct 14th, 2018

In 1954, Nurse Catherine Cooper (64) lived and worked in Limerick city as a home sister, visiting the ill and infirm at their bedsides. She was originally from County Clare, but had spent much of her working life in London, until the outbreak of Worl...Show More

Episode 25 - Bruce Lee

1:09:21 | Sep 30th, 2018

In December 1989, the Hastie home on Selby Street in Hull caught fire in the early hours of the morning. Three of Hastie boys would die of their injuries. It was apparent from the beginning that the fire was arson: there were matches left and a trail...Show More

Introducing American Scandal

17:51 | Sep 25th, 2018

Since the founding of the United States, in every generation, in every field of business, politics, sports and society, we’ve watched in shock as corruption, deceit and desire bring down heroes, titans and those we thought we could trust.In the after...Show More

Episode 24 - Colin Norris

51:44 | Sep 16th, 2018

In 2002, Colin Norris was a young man at the beginning of his career in his chosen field of nursing. But the sudden death of an elderly patient, Ethel Hall, who had been under his care prompted a police investigation which scrutinised the 18 months t...Show More

Episode 23 - Sylvia Fleming

50:25 | Sep 2nd, 2018

The year 1998 was a particularly difficult one for the small town of Omagh, in Northern Ireland. There finally seemed to be a workable plan in place to bring about the beginning of a peace process, but along with that, emotions were heightened.Just d...Show More

Episode 22 - Veronica Guerin (Part Two)

1:29:44 | Aug 19th, 2018

Veronica Guerin took on Ireland's booming gangland criminals in 1994, who were flooding the country with cannabis and other illegal substances and engaging in an all out war with their competitors. When she approached John Gilligan, the man in charge...Show More

Episode 22 - Veronica Guerin (Part One)

1:26:06 | Aug 5th, 2018

In the 1990's, Ireland saw a boom in organised crime and the importation of drugs that it had not experienced before. Criminals set themselves up at the head of drugs empires and reaped the benefit of their crimes to the tune of millions of pounds a ...Show More

Episode 21 - Mamie Cadden

1:17:34 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Between the early 1920s and the 1950s, Ireland was a newly established developing country. The state and its society were going through many changes, and many growing pains. The establishment and new politicians were anxious to present Ireland as a g...Show More

Episode 20 - The Brighton Trunk Murders

52:39 | Jul 8th, 2018

This week, we take another trip back in time and have a look at three vintage murders. First, we crack open the 1832 autobiographical account of John Holloway, who murdered his first wife Celia and buried her body, hidden in a trunk, down a lovers la...Show More

Episode 19 - Declan Flynn and Irish Pride

1:04:01 | Jun 24th, 2018

In honour of Pride month, and with the Dublin Pride Parade only a week away, this episode discusses the tragic case of the beating death of Declan Flynn in Fairview Park in 1983. Declan was a victim of a gang known to stalk the park at night, "queer ...Show More

Introducing the Network

3:26:54 | Jun 11th, 2018

Introducing the Network: Podcasts to Die on a True Crime Apple PodcastsCorpus DelictiApple PodcastsFiercely Altered PerspectivesApple PodcastsMartinis and the MacabreApple Podcast M.A.U.LApple PodcastsNature ...Show More

Episode 18 - Dunblane

1:01:29 | Jun 10th, 2018

Thomas Hamilton was a loner. He decided to dedicate his life to running boys' clubs to keep kids off the street, but its quite likely he had ulterior motives for this. His strange, erratic and inappropriate behaviour meant that he was not well liked,...Show More

Episode 17 - The Nally Case

1:01:19 | May 27th, 2018

Living in an isoalted area is never easy. Its even more frightening when you're and elderly farmer living on his own, certain that there are people scoping out your home for break-ins. Add that to high - profile incidents of violent robberies across ...Show More

Episode 16 - Harold Shipman (Part Two)

1:03:47 | May 13th, 2018

In the second and final episode of the story of Harold Shipman, we find out how the police went about investigating his murders. A suspicious will led to questions regarding prominent citizen, Kathleen Grundy's death and the exhumation of her body. A...Show More

Episode 16 - Harold Shipman (Part One)

1:14:45 | Apr 29th, 2018

Harold Frederick Shipman was born near Nottingham in 1946. While attending the prestigious grammar school, High Pavement,  he took care of his ailing mother and was there when she passed away quietly from incurable cancer. His was deeply affected by ...Show More

Episode 15 - The Grangegorman Murders

1:10:19 | Apr 15th, 2018

Dublin: 1997. Three women occupy number 1 Orchard View, an assisted living facility for former patients of the nearby St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital. On the night of March 6th of that year, two of the women, Sylvia Sheils and Mary Callanan, were b...Show More

Episode 14 – 95 Harcourt Street and the murder of Hazel Mullen

1:10:06 | Apr 1st, 2018

 Shan Mohangi arrived in Dublin in 1962 from South Africa. He was 21 years old and had left his home country due to the limited opportunities afforded by the apartheid regime to people of colour in his country at the time. Like many who travelled to ...Show More

Episode 13 – Colin Ireland

55:32 | Mar 18th, 2018

 As spring changed to summer in London 1993, a man stalked his prey at the Coleherne Pub in Earls Court. He targeted gay men, particularly those interested in BDSM, as he knew that they were a vulnerable group with poor relations with the policing au...Show More

Episode 12 – Tia Sharp

57:32 | Mar 4th, 2018

 Tia Sharp was 12 years old in the summer of 2012, and the Olympics had come to her city, London. She was a carefree and bubbly young girl and was close with her family. Which is why it was so surprising when she went missing from her grandmothers ho...Show More

Episode 11 – Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow (Part 2)

48:56 | Feb 18th, 2018

In the second and final instalment of the Black Widow story, the Gardai ramp up their investigation into her, and she is finally charged with the murder of her husband, and conspiracy to commit murder. The trial took place in 2000, and lasted a whopp...Show More

Episode 11 – Catherine Nevin, The Black Widow (Part 1)

51:26 | Feb 4th, 2018

The weekend of St Patrick’s Day, 1996, Tom Nevin was found lying dead from a gunshot wound to the chest in the kitchen of his pub, Jack White’s in the popular seaside town of Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow.  His wife, Catherine, had sounded the alarm and wh...Show More

Episode 10 – Harry Gleeson and Moll McCarthy

58:06 | Jan 21st, 2018

In rural 1940’s Ireland, Moll McCarthy lived an unconventional life, having a number of children out of wedlock and living with them in a small cottage near New Inn, Co. Tipperary. Harry Gleeson was the manager of a nearby farm, and when Moll was fou...Show More

Episode 9 – The Scissor Sisters & Farah Swaleh Noor

55:23 | Jan 7th, 2018

Farah Swaleh Noor was an apparent Somalian refugee to Ireland and disappeared on the 20th March 2005. Later that month, and unidentified male body was pulled from the Royal Canal on Dublin city’s north side in pieces which had been dumped in black pl...Show More

Episode 8 – Brendan O’Donnell

51:24 | Sep 10th, 2017

Brendan O’Donnell was a troubled and clingy child. After the death of his mother, he displayed violent tendencies. Rather than making his way into the mental health services and getting treatment, he found himself in detention centres for delinquent ...Show More

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 3)

40:46 | Aug 24th, 2017

In the final episode of the Beast of Birkenshaw series, Peter Manuel takes over his own defence. He finds many people to place the blame on for his many crimes, and explains how evidence managed to disappear from the crime scenes. He takes the stand ...Show More

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 2)

38:49 | Aug 22nd, 2017

William Watt leaving the High Court in Glasgow on a stretcher, from which he gave evidence. In the second part of our series covering Peter Manuel, the Beast of Birkenshaw, his trial begins. This time, we tell the story of the witnesses, who all weav...Show More

Episode 7 – The Beast of Birkenshaw (Part 1)

40:54 | Aug 20th, 2017

“Mary had a little cat She used to call him Daniel, Then she found it killed six mice And now she calls him Manuel”   Peter Manuel was born in New York in 1927, to Scottish Parents Samuel and Brigit. The family returned to Lanarkshire, Scotland in 19...Show More

Episode 5 – Rachel O’Reilly

39:29 | Jul 23rd, 2017

In October of 2004, Rachel O’Reilly was brutally attacked in her North County Dublin home. Initially, the Gardai treated the crime as a burglary gone wrong, but soon it became clear that this was no random attack. Her husband, Joe O’Reilly, appeared ...Show More

Episode 4 – The Acid Bath Murders

36:03 | Jul 9th, 2017

In the years immediately following the war in a still bomb-ravaged London, people were going missing. A few letters sent to their families reassured that all was well. But when 69 year old Olive Durand-Deacon went missing from her residential hotel, ...Show More

Episode 3 – Sophie Toscan du Plantier

39:34 | Jun 25th, 2017

Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a french writer and documentarian, who owned a secluded holiday home in the picturesque west Cork town of Schull. Days before Christmas 1996, she was found savagely murdered in the lane way leading to her house. The case...Show More

Episode 2 -James Bulger

38:30 | Jun 9th, 2017

In January of 1993, James Bulger was a month away from his third birthday when he disappeared from his mothers sight in a shopping mall. This was no regular, tragic child abduction however, as the perpetrators were children themselves. Theme music “I...Show More

Episode 1 – Elaine O’Hara

38:12 | Jun 2nd, 2017

In this, the premiere episode of the Mens Rea Podcast, we take a look at one of the most shocking crimes that captivated Ireland in recent years. Elaine O’Hara was a troubled woman who disappeared in 2012 and was presumed to have committed suicide. A...Show More